Nano-C’s Technology Advantage
All of Nano-C materials leverage the company’s industry-leading expertise in chemistry combined with an energy and environmentally-efficient combustion-based process technology. These two key strengths enable Nano-C to deliver the safest, most cost-effective, durable, energy-efficient and lightweight materials available on the market. These materials have been proven in volume by industry leaders such as Merck, Nantero, MicroChem and others and are enabling new innovations and improvements not possible with existing materials.
Nano-C pioneered the commercial viability of nanostructured carbon when the company launched its business based on patented combustion-based technology developed by the late Dr. Jack Howard at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nano-C owns and continues to develop this leading technology for the commercial-scale manufacture of nanostructured carbon. Nano-C’s combustion-based process technology has the following distinct advantages:
Energy Efficient. Nano-C’s patented technology uses premixed combustion of gases in a process that is similar to making carbon black. As an exothermic process, Nano-C’s technology is heat releasing, where competing processes are endothermic—requiring substantially more energy and therefore greater cost.
Selective. Nano-C has consistently demonstrated that the control of its process leads to exclusive and selective production of carbon types. In manufacturing SWCNTs, no fullerenic by-products including multi-walled carbon nanotubes can be detected. Similarly, operating under fullerene forming conditions, only fullerene-based products are formed. Selectivity leads to critical improvements in downstream processing and handling.
Continuous. Products can be manufactured in a batch or on a continuous basis. Product collection techniques include conventional bag-house filtration and continuous collection in liquids.
Sustainable. As the manufacturing is done under sub-atmospheric pressure, potential for exposure is inherently limited by design.
Scalable. The scalability of combustion-based manufacturing systems is readily seen in the manufacture of carbon black. In addition, Nano-C has already scaled-up multiple times and is now operating a pilot-plant in Westwood, MA.
Reproducible. Reproducibility is ensured by rigorous control of all process parameters. Nano-C’s process technology is destined to run on a continuous basis, much like carbon black plants are run today. This virtually eliminates the notion of batch-to-batch variability.
Innovative. Nano-C will be an innovator in the world of nanostructured carbon for years to come as a wide variety of operating conditions can lead to materials with unique properties and surface chemistries.
Value-Added Through Chemistry
Functional. It is one thing to be able to make a new type of material, and it is yet another to make it useful to a customer. To that end, Nano-C has established unprecedented capability in taking the materials produced in its unique combustion-based manufacturing process and turning them into value-added products through its unique competencies in their chemistry. These value-added products include chemical functionality tailored to meet the needs of a specific application, along with inks, dispersions, and formulations. Like combustion-based processes, the functionalization process is a scalable platform across multiple product lines—enabling Nano-C to develop lower total cost solutions for its customers.